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Limiting time spent sitting – Cancer Recovery Tip


Movement recommendations

This list is from the American Cancer Society updated 2016

There is growing evidence that the amount of time spent sitting is important, regardless of your activity level. Sitting time raises the risks of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer, as well as of dying at a younger age.

Lifestyle changes and advances in technology have led to people being less active and spending more time sitting each day. This is true both in the workplace and at home, due to increased TV, computer, and other screen time. Limiting the amount of time spent sitting, as suggested in the table below, may help maintain a healthy body weight and reduce the risk of certain cancers.

Tips to reduce sitting time

• Limit time spent watching TV and using other forms of screen-based entertainment.

• Use a stationary bicycle or treadmill when you do watch TV.

• Use stairs rather than an elevator.

• If you can, walk or bike to your destination.

• Exercise at lunch with your coworkers, family, or friends.

• Take an exercise break at work to stretch or take a quick walk.

• Walk to visit coworkers instead of phoning or sending an e-mail.

• Go dancing with your spouse or friends.

• Plan active vacations rather than only driving trips.

• Wear a pedometer every day and increase your number of daily steps.

• Join a sports team.

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